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Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
certainly positive news for his re-election hopes because no president has been re-elected with an unemployment rate above 8% since roosevelt in the 1830s. erin herself has made this point many times. >> the unemployment rate may be high, but the the absolute number is not what matters when it comes to getting re-elected. that's about to trend. every president running since world war ii has won when the rate was falling and lost when it was going up. best example, get ready. >> it's morning again in america. today, more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country's history. with interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980. >> yeah, you know what ad was for. that was ronald reagan, who won the election with a rate of 7.4%. so, the question is, can mr. obama win one like the giper or is the number still bad enough to doom his hopes? well, cue mitt romney. that's what happened today. his team is furiously pointing out how many people are underemployed. last month's household survey found 582,000 of the jobs created involved part time workers who wanted to b
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT
. now, they -- those are the facts. the end result of all that was by the time we were elected they had in eight years doubled the national debt, that clock, doubled it and in addition to that they had the slowest job, private job growth since world war ii under this policy. and by the time the president sat down behind that famous desk the resolute in noble office within a week of sitting down our economists told us mr. president you're going to have to deal with a $1 trillion debt this year because there's nothing you can do about it. the budget was passed back october. and so ladies and gentlemen so much for their credibility on the debt, but what did it produce for us? it produced the great recession all these things they did in doubling national debt and these massive tax cuts that absolutely eviscerated the middle class. they say we urgently want to deal with it now. basically i think my opponent says something like, you know, i don't know, he said something about he was regrets -- i don't know. something he wibed he hadn't voted that way. okay. i don't want to miss -- i don't wan
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 11:00am EDT
lot easier to cast their ballots in the presidential elections and that's because the judge in the case has made a decision to actually reverse a decision he made before on that state's voter i.d. law. it was one of the strictest laws in the country and everyone wanted to know if it was going to go into effect before this election. republican supporters say this kind of law would stop voter fraud. democrats said not really that it would really just keep a lot of voters from being able to vote. real, legitimate citizens who maybe just don't happen to have an i.d., driver's license, or passport. joining me now is cnn crime and justice correspondent joe johns. so, joe, let's break this down. since this is breaking news and you know how it can go with legal decisions, they can be looked at a whole lot of different ways. this particular case, this judge had to look at not the constitutionality of voter i.d.s, he had to look at specifically whether the people of pennsylvania all had equal access to get i.d.s and get to the polls in time. and he's reversed himself from his earlier decisio
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 2:00am EDT
creating jobs, and that's what he needs to do well on to win this election, everything, health care, everything else was about job creation. >> i think we had a big upset tonight. 2-1, the american people thought the president would win, he lost. mitt romney came prepared to play, drove to debate. i don't think the president has been talked to like this over the past four years, and i think he was so surprised that romney was just sort of plat out lying, never proposed a 20% tax cut. we've been hearing that a lot. and i think that threw him off his game. it propels all of his campaign into the next debate. mitt romney could have gone down and this race would have been over. now we have a horse race on our hands. >> do you think democrats will hire rob portman for debate preparation? >> the ads in the campaign, so negative, and so nasty. i expected president obama to start bucking about bain capital, 47%. >> never debate on your anniversary, an important lesson. it just doesn't seem to work. the big change, president obama running ads in the swing states about this terrible person mi
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
to get elected above 8%. >> ten years i've been saying this to people, stop using it, start talking about whether or not -- 114,000 jobs are created, those are jobs that were created. those are jobs created minus jobs lost. that's easy arithmetic that a second-grader can do. the unemployment rate is a little bit of a red herring, used as a political football, ing used again as a political football today. i find it much easier to understand the other numbers. >> i don't know if we have this graphic, i tried to make it up super, super fast. >> making your own graphics now. >> throwing my staff into total disarray. i'll hold it up, can you see it? >> that's great. very tv friendly, ashleigh. >> it speaks to your spoipoint. this is what i do when i have nothing else to do. i went back to 1936 and the jobless rate was 13.6% and the next time it was 14.6%. and then he brought it down to 8.2%, a heck of a turn. >> if it goes up, you think it is bad. if it goes down, you think it is good. any fool can tell you whether it is good or bad. >> ali velshi, thank you. >> i'm your fool today. >> c
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 7:00pm EDT
, republican or democrat, who would disagree on that. but why ahead of the presidential election -- when you yourself said sometimes it takes time to get the final answers? >> erin, we sent a letter on september 20th that wouldn't responded to as of yesterday. subcommittee chairman chaffetz sent that letter. we started this right away. we continued pursuing it. but let's understand, men and women are serving us overseas around the world. and if what happened in libya happens again because we waited until after election, 30 or 60 days, we haven't done our job. the secretary is working right now before the election. she has put together a panel to start looking at this. we're doing our job, too. and just because it's an election doesn't mean members of congress shouldn't work, including fact-finding and that's what we're doing. we're doing it as timely as we can. candidly, i would have preferred the september 20th letter would have been responded to sooner. >> fair enough. thank you very much, chairman issa. we appreciate your time tonight. so the question continues. were warning s
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 9:00pm EDT
, 40 days to go until the election. the candidates duking it out. >> al qaeda's on the path to defeat. bin laden is dead. >> the world is not a safe place. it remains dangerous. >> with a week to go until the first debate, is this race closer than it seems? we'll have our own debate to find out. >>> and been there, done that. probably the only person who knows exactly what william, kate and harry have been going through. sarah ferguson, the duchess of york on surviving royal scandals. this is "piers morgan tonight". >>> our big story, israel standing tall against iran at the u.n. today. prime minister benjamin netanyahu urging the world to draw a red line to stop iran from building a nuclear bomb. >> where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. before, before iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. >> meanwhile, palestinian president mahmoud abbas accuses israel of what it calls ethnic cleansing. >> it is a campaign of ethnic cleansing, ask the palestinian people. >> tony blair worked out of number 10 downing street i
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
is an important election, and i'm concerned about america. i'm concerned about the direction america has been taking over the last four years. i know this is bigger than an election about the two of us. as individuals. it's bigger than our respective parties. an election about the course of america. what kind of america do you want for yourself and our children. there are two very different paths we began speaking about this evening, and over the course of this month, we had two more presidential debates and a vice presidential debates, they lead in very different directions and not just looking to our words to take evidence of where they go. you can look at the record. no question in my mind, if the president is re-elected will you see a middle class squeeze. i will get incomes up again. you will see chronic unemployment. 43 straight months with unemployment above 8%. if i'm president, i had create -- help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes. the president is re-elected. obama care will be fully installed, i think that will mean a whole different way of li
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 7:30am EDT
. election and early next year. >> you know, jim, ahmadinejad, really, he's on his way out. the iranian economy is in crisis and high inflation and money has been choked off by sanctions and many iranians are embarrassed. is he becoming irrelevant now that he is really a in the last nine months of his presidency? his leadership there? >> you know, deb, i think that's a good question. i think we as americans, we think iran and we think ahmadinejad. you know, it has always been the case that in the iranian system, it's not the president, it's the supreme leader who calls the shots. now, ahmadinejad over eight years has come, you know, risen and gone down and risen and gone down in terms of his power, but, you're right to say that he's a lame duck and they have a presidential election in june and he's down to his last, you know, little more than six months and beyond that, beyond that, within the last two years, he and his inner circle have come under increased pressure and even rumors he might be arrested or those around him arrested. his power has declined and it has always been about th
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 12:00pm EDT
most americans will still be making up their minds after the debates and maybe right up to election day. >> let me turn attention to overseas, i know there are some things that concern you. but let mee first ask you about libya, the deaths of those four americans, including the american ambassador to libya on september 11th. friday we got the administration sort of definitive statement this looks as though it was a preplanned attack by a terrorist group and some of whom were sympathetic to al qaeda. why do you think and are you bothered that it has taken them this long from september 11th to now to get to this conclusion? >> i think it interferes with the depiction that the administration is trying to convey that al qaeda is on the wane, that everything is fine in the middle east. >> you think it's political? >> i think there are certain political overtones. how else -- how else could you trot out our u.n. ambassador to say this was a spontaneous demonstration. >> maybe he thought that at the time. >> five days later? that doesn't pass the smell test. it was either willful ignorance
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
presidential election but much more importantly right now at least right now we've reached what may be the most decisive night of the 2012 campaign, the first presidential debate at the university of denver. after weeks of downplaying expectations, mitt romney's campaign insiders are finally opening up about what they really think can be accomplished tonight. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in denver getting ready to set the scene. jim. >> reporter: wolf, the romney campaign sees the polls moving in their directions. one of the top priorities tonight is to maintain that trajectory. the romney campaign also says the gop nominee will not be looking to score a knockout tonight but will instead zero in on the president's handling of the economy. you can say that the romney game plan for tonight can be boiled down into two key phrases. do no harm and live to fight another day. just a few hours before one of the most important nights of his political life, mitt romney walked through the debate site in denver prepped for his first one-on-one face-off with the president. c
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
. and now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> virtually everything he said about my tax plan sin accurate. look, i have five boys. i'm use the to people saying something that is notays ultimately hoping i'll believe it. >> the question this morning, did either candidate do enough to make believers out of america's undecided voters? >>> it is the day after. good morning and welcome to "early start," everybody. >>> it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. first, round one. it is now in the books. mitt romney has something to celebrate. in a cnn poll, 67% said romney won the first presidential debate. 25% think president obama was the victor. >> there were no real knockout punches thrown last night, more like a series of glancing blows with romney the aggressor on taxes, jobs, health care. putting the president really on the defensive. we're lucky to be joined by dana bash. >> i think you're right. it was a debate between a rusty president obama and a well rehearsed mitt romney. >> reporter: right out of the gate, it was clear, mitt romney c
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 10:00pm EDT
the election, and this is what the election comes down to, and i know you must be tired of hearing ads, but you will hear moreover the next six weeks, and over and over again, you will hear my opponents talking about how bigger tax cuts and fewer regulations and that's the way to go, and since government can't do anything, it should do almost nothing. if you can't afford health care, then hope you don't get sick is their theory. if you can't afford college, borrow money from your parents. you know what? that's not who we are. i don't think government can solve all of our problems, but government is not the source of all of our problems, either. there's stuff we can do together. instead of blaming, immigrants, unions or gays or somebody for what is going on, what we need to do is pull together. we're all in this together. we believe that america only works when we all accept responsibility for ourselves and for our each other. that's how we create -- >> mr. obama will be on the road through wednesday's first presidential debate. mitt romney heads to colorado tomorrow where he will h
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
try to go too far in a debate is always a mistake. he's not going to win the election with this debate. what he can do is to start setting a whole new narrative for him in this debate. that's what he can expect to accomplish. in the president's case, the president is going to have to deal with the economic numbers, have to deal with the libya issue. >> as a debater, how do you rate president obama? >> i think he's very good. i think both of them are playing the game. president obama was saying something the other day, i'm not really a good debater. gee, i don't really -- >> they're both very, very smart guys. >> if you talk about the top 1%, intellect, these guys are in the top 1%. there's nothing to choose between among intellect. there's a lot to choose between them on policy. i hope they get into a good discussion of policy because from my point of view i think romney would get the better of that but i'm not sure. we'll see. >> we looked at past debates. some folks seem to get into trouble when they start debating over the debate rules themselves. i want to play a quick monta
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 10:00am EDT
election day. early voting has already started in a few states and even more kick it up next week. also next week, the first presidential debate. that's on wednesday. but the candidates are already warming up for that. >> change is going to take more than one term or one president or one party. it's not going to happen if you write off half the nation. election day, 47% of people did not vote for me, but i said i may not have your vote, but i hear your voices, i need your help and i will be your president, too. >> and to the battleground state of new hampshire where the republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan is speaking right now at a cam ppaign rallyn derry. paul ryan firing up the crowd. what's he saying? >> he is talking about the economy, talking about the deficit, talking about four years of president obama would be detrimental to the country. it's pretty plain and simple. president obama and republican nominee mitt romney are laying low today because they're getting ready to prepare for the debate, so it's the number 2s on the campaign trail. right behind me here, he
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
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CNN
Sep 27, 2012 8:00pm EDT
from benghazi to security concerns. keeping them honest, libya's newly elected prime minister told aur rwa damon that investigators had been invited into libya and would be provided protection. whether or not the libyan government could have delivered on that promise, we'll never know. what we do know is no fbi agents are in benghazi, according to our reporter. the crime scene remains unprotected and the official line seems to be everything is going fine with the libyan government and the fbi investigation. as we said, new details tonight. national security analyst fran townsend got some of them. so did cnn contributor bob baer. fran is the former white house homeland security advisor. she recently traveled to libya with her employer, mcandrew and forbes. bob is a former cia officer with deep experience in the middle east and arab world. also on the phone from tripoli, cnn's reporter. i'm a little surprised, fran, how they can say -- how they are painting what's happening on the ground in libya, especially based on what you're hearing from sources. >> look, anderson, we have not -- thi
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 4:00pm EDT
fundraiser for president obama's re-election campaign. national geographic's president told "new york times" the network chose the november 4th debut date here to help promote its fall schedule. he says other than being commercially opportunistic, we weren't considering the election. end. there you have it. i'm brooke baldwin. hope you have a wonderful weekend. don't go anywhere. wolf blitzer is up next. "the situation room" starts now. >>> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, important and surprising numbers about jobs forcing both the president and mitt romney to re-write their pitch to voters. ge's former boss calls the jobs numbers unbelievable. wait until you hear the smackdown he gets from a one-time member of the obama white house. and mitt romney's complete aboutface. how he now calls his 47% remarks totally wrong. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama out there on the campaign trail making the most of today's unexpected and potentially, potentially game changing numbers about jobs. with only 32 days to go before the elect
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 11:00am EDT
debate this week? >> if the president does well in the debates, he'll probably win the election. >>> if mitt romney cannot successfully deal with his slander against 47% of the american people, his campaign will die on the spot on that debate stage. >> but are the pundits overdramatizing the impact of these televised events? what about paul ryan saying this morning the media are rooting for barack obama to win and was it more important for the president to do this -- >> you're very happy that you came on with us, mrs. obama, and brought your date. >> i brought him. he had a few minutes in his schedule. >> i told folks i'm just supposed to be eye candy for you guys. >> -- than to meet with world leaders at the u.n. how do comedians come up with precisely the right way to mock to politicians and others? >> we have a very different plan on how to offer tax relief. >> thanks for spending a few moments with us. you, sir, are great. >> thank you. >> a conversation with daryl hammond. plus the media krieled foul again and again and again when an nfl replacement ref blows a big qaa. we'll blow
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 4:00am EDT
about it. >> your tweet certainly has provoked discussion, but again -- >> this election is too important for one member based on 60,000 phone calls and 100 million plus people to determine the outcome. >> but you say, these chicago guys will do anything -- >> that's what i tweeted. >> but you don't stand by it tonight? >> what do you mean i don't stand by it? i have a tweet out there that i stand by. i can't prove they did anything to anything. >> in your heart, you believe they somehow cooked the books? >> i don't really know. but i do know this, that these numbers are implausible. >> so many politicians these days, like michelle bachmann will say something and then say, i'm just asking the question. >> i should have put the question mark there like i did last night. a question mark would have been better at the back of that. >> so you're kind of backing away from the chicago guy part. >> what do you mean, i'm backing away? i'm not backing away from anything. i wish i had a question mark behind it, but the same implication is there. >> i'm going to bring in ali velshi. ali, wh
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 5:00pm EDT
weekend before the election. the federal judge sided with president obama's campaign and overturned a restriction on early voting that the state republicans had put in place. it would have limited the weekend voting to u.s. military amilies and people living overseas. >>> and a cap on what many are calling a dismal debate this week. more on the campaign rally. >> reporter: this is the president that most people agreed didn't show up on debate night. animated, forceful and taking shots at his gop opponent. >> governor romney said he would get rid of planned parenthood funding. apparently, this along with big bird is driving the deficits. >> reporter: the campaign rallies and the presidential debates are very different events, but the contrast in body language and the sales pitch is hard to overlook. zingers are back. >> my opponent is trying to do a two-step and re-position. and got an extreme makeover, governor romney was fact-checked by his own campaign. >> reporter: and so was talk about governor romney's mention of the 47% fundraiser, which never came up in the debate. >> we have a
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 12:00am EDT
hours and millions of dollars here in michigan from now until election day. erin? >>> thanks for watching. >> the great debate five days away. why romney has to win and why obama can't afford to lose. i'll talk to my political a-team. also, bibi and the bomb. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> after dropping this on the u.n. yesterday, he talks to obama and romney today. what israel's line in the sand would mean for all of us. plus, have you seen chelsea lately? >> nobody knows what the hell they're getting into when they're running for president. >> one of my favorite guests is back. >> i'm single, yes. >> if men are watching this -- >> yeah, i'm available. you know, just call me maybe. >> funny, feisty as ever, with a new look for her talk show. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. the big story, the great debate. in just five days the event that could change the race for the white house permanently. the clock is ticking and the candidates know it. they meet face-to-face on wednesday. this weekend, both will be locked behind closed doors in practice sparr
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 11:00pm EDT
days before the election? let's go to jim acosta at the rally in fishersville, virginia. trace adkins, i guess, is going to perform there. they're getting ready for a big, big blowout. >> reporter: that's right, erin. they are blowing this day up. you could say this is a #winningday for the romney campaign. trace adkins is on stage. and we saw the evidence of this all day long from the gop nominee, when he got on board his campaign plane earlier this morning. he was already cruising at a higher altitude, erin, chatting up his campaign staff. there was a smile on his face. and, honestly, erin, i've been covering this campaign for a year and a half. this was one of the happiest days that i've seen on the part of this campaign and its staff for some time. but you could tell that things were starting to change during the day, as the president was starting to mount that new offensive, going after mitt romney on his statements last night, calling into question whether or not the gop contender was telling the truth during last night's debate and putting out that new ad that said if we can't
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 2:00am EDT
to do with the election? and the the murderous grisly end to the life of a young actor and the man who tried to get him help. his lawyer's "outfront." let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. "outfront" tonight, al-qaeda. terrorist attack. preplanned. finally, u.s. intelligence broke it public silence on the attack in libya where four americans were killed. the spokesman said and i quote him, it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists who were linked to groups affiliate ed with or sympathetic to al-qaeda. now, this follows reporting you've heard here this week indicating u.s. intelligence knew about links between the attackers and al-qaeda within 24 hours of the attack. that knowledge though was not shared by the white house or the state department with the public or with congress. in fact, congress was briefed over a week ago on september 21st and at that time, not told about the al-qaeda links. when hillary clinton speaking at the units nations wednesday, implied an al-qaeda link we reported on, the state department later corrected her, sayin
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
high school and you're not in your best form and you lose it. doesn't mean you lose the election and the other guy is better. just means you danny show up that night and didn't do a good job. go back, look at the tape and practice hard and come back the next time and do a better job the next time. >> he let himself be interrupted. he didn't call out certain kinds of issues when mitt romney was able to walk through him and lay out a slew of stats. >> they widon't call what mitt was saying is facts. >> fact checkers hit both of them pried hard. charles, is this a question of the president who is trying to remain presidential and elegant and eloquent? that didn't work like, you know, like we heard. you got to bring your chain saw to this kind of thing. >> that seemed to be a strategy. kind of stay above the fray. look presidential and talk directly to the american people and don't get into a fight with mitt romney on stage. but you have to -- i think you have to be a little bit more nimble than that. if the moderator does not step in and say, mr. romney, that is just not true what y
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 11:00am EDT
process of preparing in just a moment. the debates and the election, of course, are serious. and that would be our first story. serious. until we discovered this video, stunning video shot from the helmet of a u.s. soldier, it seems like a video game. but this is not xbox which you're about to see. it is real. the pentagon is telling us it happened, it happened in afghanistan in april. afghanistan is a place we have not heard these candidates talk about much, have we? nothing from romney during the republican convention, very little from obama, especially at the u.n. this last week. the debates will likely be a different story because this weekend the death toll for americans in the war surpassed the 2000 mark. the soldier who made the helmet cam video suffered only minor wounds and has returned to duty. but it's amazing that he suffered only minor wounds when you see this incredible story. his fight to survive is gripping. take a look. >> fire! hey! i'm moving down! ah! ah! [ bleep ]! oh! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! ah! [ bleep ] help me! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 5:00pm EDT
cnn.com/election. everything i just showed you, i'm going to go tweet out right now as soon as i'm off the heir. >>> all right, you're in the newsroom. i'm fredericka whitfield. it is crunch time for the presidential candidate, president obama and mitt romney only have three days to prepare for their first debate. president obama will prepay in nevada. he already arrived there, he'll be holding an evening rally and then concentrate on preparing for wednesday night's showdown. so what is at stake in this first debate? athena jones takes a look. >> reporter: both the obama and romney campaigns are doing their best to lower expectations ahead of wednesday's debate. >> we have expected all along that governor romney will have a good night, he's prepared more than any candidate in history. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years, he's an experienced debater, he's done these kinds of debates before, this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> romney -- the president was widely regarded as one of the most talented politica
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm EDT
he be an endangered species after the election? >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the "situation room." >>> exactly one month before election day, there's a new dynamic in the race for the white house. after mitt romney outperformed the president in the first debate. and now knew jobs numbers are likely to provide more fuel for their next debate. the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 7.8 in september down from 8.1 the previous month and the lowest since january 2009. a separate survey of employers shows businesses added 114,000 jobs last month. and let's bring in jessica yellen. what's the obama white house saying about all of this? >> they're effectively saying that the economy, while it's still weak, is showing signs that the president's policies are working, that his agenda is finally getting traction in the economy. here's what the president had to say. >> there are too many middle class families that are still struggling to pay the bills. they were struggling long before the crisis hit. but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try and talk down the economy to score a f
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 10:00pm EDT
too important. this election is too important for one number based on 60,000 phone calls and 100 million plus people to determine the outcome. >> but again -- to say these chicago guys will do anything -- >> that's what i tweeted. >> right. you don't stand by that tonight? >> what do you mean, i don't stand by it? i've got a tweet out there. i stand by it. >> but you don't regret -- >> i can't prove that they did anything to anything. >> in your heart, you believe they somehow cooked the books? >> i don't really know. but i do know this. that these numbers are implausible. >> but you know, so many politicians these days are saying like, you know, michele bachmann will say something that's factually not correct, not provable and say i'm just asking the question. is it responsible to say i'm just asking the question, but to say these chicago guys will do anything, oh, i'm just asking the question. >> should have put the question mark at the end like i did last night. >> okay. >> a question mark would have been better at the back of that. >> okay. so you are kind of backing away fro
CNN
Sep 29, 2012 6:00am EDT
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Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm EDT
have a much closer election now. the president obviously is still favored, but we have got a horse race. >> that's what makes these races so interesting, gloria, is how the narrative changes. it used to be months, from one month to the next. it is' now overnight. last week was 47%, now it's this, who knows what it will be next week when the vice president debates. one thing of david axelrod's response is that the president was basically taking the high road last night which almost makes it sound like the president's performance was a conscious tactical decision. do you buy that? >> i don't think they consciously decided to lose this debate and i don't think david axelrod is going to come out and say you know what, the president really blew it last night, although as jessica pointed out privately, certainly, there are obama allies who are happy to say that. but i do think there was a conscious decision here to be risk-averse. you had a candidate in the president who is ahead, people like him more than they like mitt romney, they believe he's on their side by a three to one margin, t
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is, never mind. >> reporter: but he also showed flashes of the kind of testiness sources in both camps feared from their candidates, except obama's was directed a the moderator, not romney. >> the last point i'd make, before -- >> two minutes is up, sir. >> no, i think i had five seconds before you interrupted me, was -- >> reporter: romney did have his own awkward moderator moment. >> i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs, i love big bird, i actually like you too. >> reporter: one of the most surprising parts of the president's performance was what he did not say. no mention of romney's infamous 47% remark, no talk of bain capital, nothing about romney's own taxes. he did play the "romney is a hypocrite" card when it comes to health care. >> the irony is that we've seen this model work really well. in massachusetts. because governor romney did a good thing, working with democrats in the state to set up what is essentially the identical model and, as a consequence, people are covered there. it hasn
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Sep 29, 2012 2:00pm EDT
? >> exactly. i hope i have your vote in the election. >> one of those movies that on the one end does offer you all of the exhilaration of a banging action flick, but on the other hand, gives you something to think about. >> gosh, all grown up. got to get used to that. h how does he do in "looper" in your view? we see he's cute and clever in your interview, and then your tomato score. >> joe gor-love is fantastic in the movie. it's such a great concept, like this movie is definitely on par with sighi isci-fi films you lo because it has tons of explosions and action, but you actually care about what's happening and you can't really predict what's going to happen. imagine a future you could come back and kick young you in the soft parts for being a moron. that's just the beginning of how interesting this movie is. i loved it. i thought it catered to everybody. and the critics are agreeing because this movie is not only fresh. it's certified fresh at 93%. >> wow. and you love explosions and action in movies, which means movies that means you like this whole -- okay, bond, james bond. >> i do.
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Oct 6, 2012 12:00pm EDT
, it's become a political football with the election just a month away, the labor department says 114,000 jobs were created in september with the unemployment rate coming in at 7.8% now. that's a drop of .3% from august. no spuurprise that in this seas there's different views of the same number. the chairman of economic advisers says friday's employment report provide further evidence that the u.s. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the great depression. jack welch tweeted this, unbelievable jobs numbers, these chicago guys will do anything, can't debate so change the numbers. and the partisan pushing continues this morning. >> on friday we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since i took office. >> friday's jobs report shows america still desperately needs jobs. yet the president's central and sole proposal would mean fewer jobs. >> republicans in congress need to stop trying to relaxing fight the battles of the past few years and finally start doing something to actually help the middle class get ahead. >
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Sep 30, 2012 7:30am EDT
barely a month to go before the election, i wanted to zero in on what's at stake here. since president obama's health care law was enacted, 3.1 million people under the age of 26 are now covered by their parents' plans, and preventive care is covered 100% by insurance companies. seniors in particular have benefitted on prescription drugs. >> seniors who fall in the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole will start getting some help. they'll receive $250 to help pay for prescriptions, and that will over time fill in the doughnut hole. >> 5.5 million seniors have saved a total of $4.5 billion on prescription drugs since it was enacted. hi also plans to slow spending on medicare. >> i've strengthened medicare. we've added years to life of medicare. we did it by getting rid of taxpayer subsidies that weren't making pea hemmier. >> reporter: by 2014 the law requireser everyone to have health insurance, whether they purchase it themselves or through employers and insurers can't deny you if you have a pre-existing condition or increase your rates. the law has become a cornerstone or the obam
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Oct 6, 2012 7:30am EDT
early voting in person to most on the friday before election day. the state could appeal the court's ruling, but ohio's secretary of state says his office is currently reviewing that decision. we'll be talking to his assistant secretary of state at 9:00 eastern time. >>> death threats, threatening phone calls and vicious e-mails all because they decline to be a campaign stop for mitt romney, that is a terrifying response this mexican restaurant in denver, colorado, is now getting. the cafe a has been a neighborhood joint for years and the owners who are from mexico are mormon. they say they just didn't want it be a campaign tool, but weren't expecting this kind of backlash. >> i couldn't sleep last night. we didn't want to exclude anybody, we just didn't want -- we didn't want to be a campaign stop and boycott came in. my phone is blowing up from my e-mails. you know, i'm getting 100 e-mails. i already deleted 100 of people saying that they want to see us out of business. >> our affiliate kusa says the restaurant's phone was constantly ringing while they were there to intervi
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00pm EDT
write in your blog the candidates who are funny in the debates tend to get elected. what do you think? either one of these guys going to get a laugh? >> i think they're going to try. i'll be honest with you. let's be honest, you don't need a political consultant to tell you, if you make people laugh, you're creating a bomb with them. you're getting an organic disorderly action. they're laughing and they're feeling more warm to you, and i think it's a thing that's overlooked by mft candidates. i think look at ronald reagan's joke. classic. he used it. he destroyed an issue and made himself more likable at the same time. >> do they need to go in with a strategy to be funny, because sometimes when you plan these things and you bomb, it looks even worse. >> i can tell you, i have told many jokes that have bombed in my career. i can assure you the audience gets angry, and they want their money back. i'm not giving it back. you know, you have to make it organic. you have to have some sense of comedy timing. use it at the right place. if you come out with a bunch of one-liners, it's not goin
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Sep 29, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> you don't impress me. i don't need $300 million. and my brother elected president will [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: in 1975 he disappeared. an american anti-hero was born. many believe the mafia killed hoffa and buried his body under the former giants stadium until they eventually dug it up and built a new stadium. no body, no love amp in 2004, floorboards were removed from a detroit home to look for traces of hoffa's blood. no go. a haorse barn was razed -- no hoffa. his brother is a member of the international group of teamsters without a connection to crime. still, he can't escape his father's note right. he urged fellow members to defeat tea party candidates. it was the way he said it that caused a firestorm. >> you know what, everybody here's got a vote. if we go bad, we keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son of a [ bleep ] out and give america back to america where we belong! >> reporter: hoffa refused to apologize, and his union is equally tough when it comes to the latest clue in jimmy hoffa's death. "the hoffa family does not respond every time a tip is received
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Sep 30, 2012 4:00am EDT
-- that perhaps should not be voting and the supervisors of elections are getting asked to go through those names. i tell you, lz is my friend and i respect him. i understand his passion. i love this country, too. but i also understand that the responsibility and right to vote belongs to u.s. citizens. i'm a naturalized one. it's one of the privileges. it's one of the duties that came along with me naturalizing. but i also understand that people who shouldn't be allowed to vote, should not be doing so. i do not agree that showing a picture id is such an onerous thing. i don't know what percentage is affected. i think we need to help the people. and i agree with lz that there is nothing worse than having to go to a dmv even when you do drive and need to go for purposes of getting a driver's license. that being said, we have to help people get ids if necessary. but we do have to all agree that the right to vote is precious. it's something that many people have fought for, have died for. and defending that right to vote means that we all have to agree. and i think we all do, that everybo
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Oct 2, 2012 9:00am EDT
the presidential election just five weeks from today, a major weigh station could be tomorrow's presidential debate. for those minds already made up, two battlegrounds now in play. bellwether state of ohio, mobilizing supporters to seize an early lead there. and in florida, first absentee ballots hit the mail today. who will gain the advantage in tomorrow's presidential debate? despite days of intensive coaching and practice sessions, both candidates trying to appear loos loose. >> people want to know, who is going to win, who is going to score the punches, who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make, and all the scoring of winning and losing. you know, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> that was the president at a polling station in nevada. he called some random voter and that's what he said. mark preston is in denver for the showdown. the quiet before the storm. right, mark? >> reporter: sure is, carol. you're right. the candidates in
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Sep 29, 2012 7:00am EDT
american people. >>> to the 2012 election now and there are only 38 days left until election day. early voting has already started in a few states and even more kicking up next week. also next week, the first presidential debate. that's on wednesday, but the candidates are already warming up for that. >> we certainly can't go very far with the leader who writes off the nation as a bunch of victims. you know, when i travel this country, i don't need victims, i meet students who are trying to work their way through college. case in point. i meet single moms like my mom who were putting in overtime to raise their kids right. i meet senior citizens who worked all their lives and have been saving for retirement. i meet veterans who serve this country bravely. i meet soldiers who are defending our freedom every single day. >> mitt romney has his own message. his message, we can win. he's delivering it at a state that could be the key stone to either side's victory. jim acosta is on the campaign trail with the romney team. >> deb and victor, even though mitt romney has made much of his campaig
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